“Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth. For, your love is better than wine” (Song of Solomon 1:2)
There is an ancient story. Once, an angel said to a prince “I curse you and from now on you will be roaming like an obnoxious frog. Until a beautiful princess comes and kisses you will remain a frog.”
Accordingly, the prince became a frog. Years rolled by. One day, a princess who had special love over crawling species, tiny animals and birds came to that place and saw this particular frog too. Without minding the ugliness of the frog, she took it in her hands and expressed her love by kissing it. The next second, the frog regained its original image of the prince.
See! Because of the curse that reached Adam, we are also stranded and are roaming about like that frog. Sins, curses, sickness made us ugly. We lost the image of God. But Jesus the Son of God came in search of us and kissed us with love. That was the kiss of Calvary; the kiss of compassion. Because of His everlasting love and loving kindness, He shed His blood on the Cross of Calvary. It is because of this love, our sins were forgiven. Backbone of the curse crumbled. Satan’s slavery vanished. In a mere moment, we became the children of our beautiful God.
The curses of Adam made us ugly but we were made beautiful as the precious blood of Christ fell on us. Indeed we were covered by layers of slavery but His compassion broke everything and turned us free. “Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God” (I John 3:1). So, David praised God and pronounced his faith vide II Samuel 22:36 and Psalm 18:35 saying God’s gentleness had made him great. Yes. It is not the talent, wealth or the status which elevates a person but God’s love, grace and kindness are the factors which make a person great.
Bible says “For how great is its goodness and how great its beauty! Grain shall make the young men thrive and new wine the young women.” (Zachariah 9:17).
Meditate a little over the word ‘goodness.’ It is deeper than the other words like love, affection and friendliness. Thus the saints praise God by calling Him ‘Good God.’ According to the Tamil translation, Peter the Apostle writes:”He called us by goodness” (II Peter 1:3) Yes. He called us with His kindness; loves with His kindness. His kindness will make you great.
To meditate: “For You, O Lord, will bless the righteous; with favour you will surround him as with a shield” (Psalm 5:12)